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SYMES o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-11-05 published
Patricia Marilyn THORPE (née THOMAS)
Passed away suddenly on August 28, 2003 in London, Ontario, at the age of 70 years.
Patricia was born October 7, 1932 in Saint Thomas, Elgin County, Ontario. Daughter of the late Hon. F. S. (Tommy) Thomas (1957) and Myrtle (SYMES) THOMAS (1982.) Wife of the late Cameron George THORPE (1969,) partner of William Henry WADDELL. Beloved mother of James (Suzanne) THORPE, Burbank, California and Jane THORPE, Ottawa. Sister of Carolyn THOMAS, Saint Thomas, Shirley (Harry) FOSTER and Robert (Margery) THOMAS and aunt of Brien, Bruce, Kate and Mark THOMAS, all of Union, Ontario. Dear friend of the late John M. PECK (1994,) Grand Bend, Ontario (son Jeffrey, daughter Sandra,) and the NITSCHE family, London, Ontario. Adoptive "grandmother" to Emily, Valerie, and Jamie.
A dedicated teacher, Patricia touched the lives of thousands of children. She began her educational career in 1951 in Ottawa and subsequently taught for various Ontario school boards including Windsor, Toronto, Welland, Port Stanley, Lynhurst and ending with her retirement from the London Board of Education in 1986.
Patricia was also a talented musician and composer who played the piano and accordion, as well as a published poet, author and photographer. Her passion for learning continued on into her retirement years where she continued to pursue higher education in the arts and foreign languages.
Once met, never forgotten -- Patricia was a vibrant spirit whose gifts of love, courage, laughter and song will continue to bring joy and inspiration to her family and Friends for many years to come. Cremation, no service.

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SYMONDS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-24 published
Composer, jazz musician worked with Ellington
By Mark MILLER, Friday, October 24, 2003 - Page R11
Toronto -- Ron COLLIER, a well-respected composer and teacher in the Canadian jazz community, died in Toronto on Wednesday of cancer. He was 73.
Mr. COLLIER, who was born in Coleman, Alberta., played trombone during his teens with the Kitsilano Boys Band in Vancouver then moved in 1950 to Toronto.
While working in local dance bands and studio orchestras there, he was involved with Gordon DELAMONT, Norman SYMONDS, Fred STONE and others in the late 1950s as a performer and composer in "third-stream" jazz, an idiom that framed jazz improvisation in such classical forms as fugue, sonata and concerto.
Mr. COLLIER turned exclusively to composition in 1967, the year that he led a studio orchestra for the LP Duke Ellington North of the Border with the noted American pianist as guest soloist. Mr. COLLIER subsequently collaborated personally with Ellington on a ballet, The River, in 1970, and a symphonic work, Celebration, in 1972, although his contributions went largely unacknowledged. He also wrote for ballet, radio, television and film and completed arrangements for recordings by Moe Koffman and the Boss Brass his last major work was a big-band setting of Oscar Peterson's Canadiana Suit/, premiered in 1997.
Mr. COLLIER, a warm, direct man, taught for many years in Toronto at Humber College, where his influence was felt by at least two generations of musicians now active on the Canadian jazz scene.

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